WC hoops teams hit road for OAC quarterfinal games
Lady Quakers at Otterbein; WC men travel to Baldwin-Wallace
February 20, 2012
Shelby Kies (at left) and the Lady Quakers will do battle with Otterbein, while Brandon Candella (at right) and the WC men will square off with Baldwin-Wallace.
After posting home wins to open Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament play Monday night, Wilmington’s men and women’s teams will look for some magic on the highway Tuesday.
The No. 6 Lady Quakers — 60-54 winners over No. 7 John Carroll in their tourney opener — will travel to Westerville to face No. 3 Otterbein. The No. 5 Quaker men — who took down No. 8 Otterbein, 76-65 — will head to Berea to face No. 4 Baldwin-Wallace.
The Lady Quakers dropped both regular-season meetings with Otterbein, but played well in a 63-61 loss Feb. 18.
“We played well. We definitely didn’t give the game away — they took it,” Wilmington head coach Jerry Scheve said. “They made a great shot at the end to win it. We don’t have much time to prepare, but we will try to do some things differently and see what we come up with.”
Scheve said he hopes the theory that beating a team three times in a season is tough to do holds some water.
“I hope that adage holds tomorrow, but I have always said that I’d much rather be the team that won the first two. I’m not going to go there. I hope the adage proves true,” Scheve said.
To be successful, Wilmington will need to at least slow down Otterbein’s lethal backcourt tandem.
“Otterbein has the best guard combination in the league in Shea McCoy and Kristi Kotterman,” Scheve said. “Their athleticism and ability to get the ball to the basket is hard to match-up with. We will need to be at our best.”
Wilmington, which out-rebounded John Carroll, 56-28, will look for success in the paint from Chelsea Meckstroth (North Bend/Mercy), Brianna Peters (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) and Bethany Ahrens (Versailles).
LeAnn Topp (New Bremen) continued the Lady Quakers’ recent surge from downtown by knocking down 4 of 6 shots from beyond the arc against John Carroll.
While the Lady Quakers will be looking to avoid a season hat trick, the WC men will be gunning for their third win of the season over Baldwin-Wallace. There’s that adage again.
“I don’t buy into that,” Wilmington head coach K.C. Hunt said. “I think the best team is going to win. If we play with effort and energy like we did against Otterbein, we’re going to give ourselves a great chance.”
Wilmington will look to convert offensive success into defensive opportunities. Senior Antonio Bowman (Columbus/Whetstone) torched Otterbein for 25 points and five assists while Malcolm Heard II (Wilmington) scored 14 points in just 17 minutes of action.
The Yellow Jackets have won five of their last six games and are led by the combo of Kyle Payne and Kevin Krakowiak that generates 28 points per game.
“We have a big challenge in front of us,” Hunt said. “There’s nothing we can’t accomplish. B-W is a really good basketball team. We won’t have much rest, but we are going to give it our best shot.”